A church worker, Roland Olise, who allegedly raped a six-year-old girl in church, has been granted one million naira bail by the Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court.
The 33-year-old defendant pleaded not guilty to a one-count charge of defilement.
The Chief Magistrate, Ipaye Nwachukwu, in the ruling, ordered the accused bail of one million naira and to provide two sureties in like sum.
“One of the sureties must be a property owner in Lagos State, while the other must be a civil servant on grade level 14.
“The sureties must provide evidence of tax payments to the government.” Nwachukwu said.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Anthonia Osayande, told the court that the accused committed the offence at a church in Ajah-Lekki Area of Lagos at about 6.00 p.m on October 21.
Osayande said: “The accused, who was a church worker, was in church when he saw the six-year-old girl passing and called her into the church where no one was around and defiled her.
“The girl knew the man as the church was their family church and that was why she comfortably entered the church with him.”
The offence contravened Sections 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011